Apple Discloses Security Flaws in iPhones, iPads, and Macs That Give Users “Full Admin Access” to Devices: What it Means and What You Need to Do

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Apple disclosed that certain of its iPhones, iPads, and Macs had certain vulnerabilities in a security update.

On Thursday, Apple released an urgent security update, revealing that some iPhone, iPad, and Mac products have security flaws.

These vulnerabilities were made public through a software update, which the company claimed should protect the products.

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The first issue is related to the ability of an application to run arbitrary code while having “kernel privileges,” which are specific permissions to perform certain operations.

Apple claims that the second problem was with WebKit, a layout engine used by web browsers to render web pages.

Apple said it was “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.” The issue could allow a potential attacker to take complete control of these devices.

Users of the iPhone 6 and later versions, various iPad models, including the 5th generation and later, all iPad Pro models, and the iPad Air 2, as well as Mac computers running macOS Monterey, have been advised by security experts to upgrade the affected devices. The vulnerabilities also affect the iPod Touch 7th generation models.

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Apple’s explanation of the vulnerability means a hacker could get “full admin access to the device” so that they can “execute any code as if they are you, the user,” said Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security.

Those who should be particularly attentive to updating their software are “people who are in the public eye,” such as activists or journalists who might be the targets of sophisticated nation-state spying, Tobac said.

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